Research course

War Studies and Contemporary Military History for Staff Colleges Graduates

University of Buckingham · School of Humanities and Social Sciences
MA by research

Entry requirements

Every officer graduated from the ICSC (regular and reserve), or an equivalent course in their international home institutions, can apply for the course.

Months of entry


Course content

To recognise the achievement of graduation from the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) or its international equivalent, the University of Buckingham offers a special six-months discounted MA by Research in the field of Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History. This offer is open to all officers (regular and reserve) who have graduated from the ACSC or an equivalent course in their international home institutions.

The course commences in October with a ‘Research Skills Study Day’ and, after 6 months of supervised independent research, culminates with the student’s submission of a dissertation of approximately 12,500 – 25,000 words. During their time of study, candidates are encouraged to attend both a series of guest seminars, at which some of the most eminent names in the field present papers, and course symposia at the Honourable Artillery Company’s Armoury House and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
The course is based in London, but there are no residential requirements for the course. Past students have come from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Face-to-face tutorials remain the preferred way of teaching, but other (online) methods can also be used.
In order to make full use of the course and its guest seminars, it is advised to start with the course at the beginning of the academic year (October). We recognise that this might not be possible for everybody and, therefore, offer a second start-date in January.

Information for international students

We are happy to consider all international applications. If you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.

A NATO SLP 3333 is acceptable as proof of the required English proficiency for those whose first language is not English.
If you are unsure whether you qualify for the course based on your home staff college achievements, please contact the course director. We recognise that your military education might have differed from the British model. We have vast experience with international staff colleges and some of our academics have been educated at both British and international staff colleges, so are well equipped to advise you.
There are no residential requirements and your continuous presence in London is not required. However, we do encourage attendance at guest seminars and face-to-face tutorials in addition to other (online) ways of keeping contact with your supervisor.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

British military candidates can use their Enhanced Learning Credits (regular officers) or Standard Learning Credits (reserve officers) towards the course fee.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    full time
    6 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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